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Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,180 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 40
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: whynot44 on 11-18-2013

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Merry Mischief Gingerbread Stout a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. Today is Christmas and I thought this would be a fitting new beer to try today, I like gingerbread and stouts so lets see how this combination goes. 2012 vintage Batch 1. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a tuliped snifter.

A- The label looks good and it fits the beer nicely. It poured a very dark brown color that was almost black and when held to the light it had a slight brown highlight to it with two and a half fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that faded away and it really didn't leave any lacing. This was a nice looking beer but I think the color could have been just a little darker with more lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and some malts that impart some bready malt aromas that are a little roasted but it could use some more roasted aromas. After that comes the spices which stick out the most and impart some nutmeg, ginger and clove, the spices impart an aroma that is similar to a gingerbread cookie. Towards the end I get a slight coffee aroma. This beer had a good aroma, but I wish more stout aromas were there to balance out the spices.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some bready and grainy malts that are a little toasted but could use some more roast to them. After that comes a slight molasses and coffee flavor followed by a large amount of spices that impart some nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger flavors with no one spice sticking out the most. On the finish there's a slight earthy flavor followed by a medium amount of bitterness and some sweet lightly roasted malts and spices on the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it needs some more rich and roasted flavors to balance out all those spices.

M- Smooth, silky, slightly creamy, and medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was alright but it could have been a little more thicker to give it more of a stout feel.

Overall I thought this beer was alright and I thought it was a slightly above average example of style, the spices really showed up in this beer and that made it a little unbalanced, it needs more stout flavors and aromas to bring some balance to this beer and make it more stout like. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, and the flavors held my attention, but I think one bomber is enough for me, after that the sweetness and spices might become too much. The alcohol was hidden very well, it's hard to believe this is 9%. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and it had some gingerbread like quality's to it. What I liked the least about this beer was how unbalanced it was, if this beer had more balance it would be pretty damn good. I would buy a bottle of this if it's released next year, but I don't think I will be going back to get another bottle for this season, the price was good and I recommend this to just about anyone. All in All this was another solid beer from Samuel Adams, it wasn't as great as I was hoping it would be but it was still pretty good, I just wish it had more Stout aspects to it. Good job guys, this is a nice Christmas time beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this beer is fine and in general I'm enjoying these 500 ml bottles from Sam Adams, my biggest criticism is that this beer was WAY WAY too thin...a bigger body would have gone a long way with this beer, also there was a dryness to it that was unnecessary.

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is dark brown, nearly black with a decent tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, sweet, clove and mild nutmeg spice.

Beer is gingery, but not overwhelmingly spicy. It is fine but thin, very thin, dry finish, too dry. Mild aftertaste of cloves and ginger, mild nutmeg. It was fine but as stated previously, this could have been better.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a huge dark tan creamy head with great retention. Eventually shrinks to a solid smal layer of head skimming the top with good patches of lace.

S- the smell is actually similar to their White Christmas ale, only the aromas are a bit stronger. Some notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of roasted malt character. Also getting some root beer characteristics.

T- winter spices up front with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg that give you that gingerbread flavor. A wheaty cracker like taste provides a graham-cracker like taste. The back end transitions into a roasted malt taste that finishes with a bit of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Finish is sweet with a cinnamon and roasted malt linger.

M- med-heavy body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, and slightly velvety finish. A bit thick, and slightly warming at the end.

O- This is a good brew for the season, I did however find myself wishing some of the flavors were a little more bold and pronounced. For 9%ABV, it is very drinkable and pairs well with all of the various chocolate desserts that come with Christmas time.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of emyers
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy beige head. Good head retention considering the abv, leaves lacing down the glass. I have to admit, this beer looks pretty damn good.

Smell: I get mostly bready malt up front followed up by nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon, with some coffee notes coming through. The spices seem a little muted in the nose. I was looking for more intensity.

Taste: Roasted malt comes through more here, with mild coffee, chocolate, and caramel up front. Spices come through nicely in the finish along with some caramel. Spice level is just about perfect in the taste - very apparent without going overboard.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Overall: Sam Adams beers aren't always up my alley, but this one hits the spot. Great beer for the holidays.

Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of dark tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark caramel with a touch of smoky coffee and spicy notes of cinnamon, ginger, and clove.

T - Dark bread and chocolate up front. Some cinnamon and clove in the middle with a sweet, malty finish of clove, licorice, dark chocolate, and spices.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The spices are prominent and they initially promise to work well with the dark, bready malt, but in the end it is just too much. The sweetness is excessive and this makes the spice character feel cloying as well. It needs some sharpness to counteract the cloying, flabby malt and spice character. Overall, this reminds me more of a bad flavored coffee drink than a stout, with too much spice, too much sweetness and nothing to balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz. bottle
Served in a conical pint

A - It has a black appearance with several inches of chocolate milkshake colored head.

S - It smells a lot as advertised. I get ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The spices overshadow the roasted malt.

T - Now the taste is interesting. I get all the ginger bread spices, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, up front. Which to me is offputting. But, the thick, rich flavors of a well made stout come through, and it finishes great. The chocolaty roasted malt coats my palate and the spice taste disappears.

M - Thick and velvety.

O - The more I drank this beer, the more I enjoyed it. I thought it was a bust at first with the strong spics up front. As this beer opens up the richness of the stout becomes more prominent. It is a very well made stout, and the spices give it a holiday spin. It's worth a try if you like gingerbread and stouts. If you do not like spices then stay away.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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